The natural compound known as tyramine is produced when certain foods age and their proteins begin to break down. Not everyone is sensitive to tyramine, however high amounts can leave some people’s head pounding. People who are prone to headaches should watch their intake of aged foods including cheeses like blue cheese, brie, cheddar, stilton feta, gorgonzola, mozzarella, muenster, parmesan and swiss.*
Generally, the longer a high-protein food ages, the greater the amount of tyramine. If you think tyramine could be the culprit of your headaches, considering keeping a diet diary. It’s a little work that will be a big payoff once your headaches stop.
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